NTSB Identification: NYC00LA024.
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Accident occurred Thursday, October 07, 1999 in FRANKFORT, KY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 11/30/2000
Aircraft: Cessna 177, registration: N29362
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On approach to the airport, the engine lost all power, and the pilot performed a forced landing to a field. The pilot stated that the airplane had a Supplemental Type Certificate for automobile gasoline. Before the flight, the pilot added 15 gallons of automobile gasoline to the airplane. He thought he originally purchased the gasoline at an automotive gas station. The pilot believed that the fuel filter became clogged as a result of fuel contamination. Additionally, the airplane's engine had approximately 2,100 hours of operating time since its last remanufacture, about 24 years before the accident date. A FAA Inspector did not find any pre-impact mechanical malfunctions with the airplane. He did observe fuel in both fuel tanks, but did not find any debris in the fuel filter.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

A total loss of engine power for undetermined reasons

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